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Here’s what Syrian refugees get when arriving in Preston

Posted on - 15th August, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Preston Council
There will be groceries to get the family started in the UK Pic: Jack Amick

There will be groceries to get the family started in the UK Pic: Jack Amick

Preston is due to take in five Syrian refugee families and this is what will be waiting for them.

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The city council is due to agree to accept £83,000 from the government in return for finding homes and supporting those displaced by the conflict.

Around 45 per cent of Syrian’s population has been displaced due to the conflict in the region, according to the UN.

Preston is to play a small part in joining other parts of Lancashire in giving them asylum.

What the council is helping with

Up to £1,200 per property is being spend in securing homes for the refugee families, paying void costs to landlords

A budget of £3,000 to furnish the properties, sticking to an agreed list of items

Cash of £200 per person to be given to the refugees on the day they arrive to tide them through until all relevant benefits are in place

Grocery pack to each house on the day of arrival, costing £750.

The council will claim around £57,000 in council officers time doing casework and providing support to the families.

Read more: Lancashire is taking more Syrian refugees than any other county

Preston’s rehoming arrangement is due to last for 12 months. Councillors will meet on Wednesday at the Town Hall at a cabinet meeting to decide whether to accept the funding.

South Ribble is taking five families, Pendle 10 and Blackpool a further 10.

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